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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The GEM Unit is coordinated and implemented the Global Land Cover 2000 Project (GLC 2000) in collaboration with a network of partners around the world. The general objective is to provide for the year 2000 a harmonized land cover database over the whole globe. The year 2000 is considered as a reference year for environmental assessment in relation to various activities, in particular the United Nation's Ecosystem-related International Conventions. In fact, the GLC2000 dataset has been used in the Millennium Ecosystetm Assessment. To achieve this objective GLC 2000 makes use of the VEGA 2000 dataset: a dataset of 14 months of pre-processed daily global data acquired by the VEGETATION instrument on board the SPOT 4 satellite, made available through a sponsorship from members of the VEGETATION programme, including JRC (http://bioval.jrc.ec.europa.eu/products/glc2000/glc2000.php)